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A Look at Filmmaker Katie Damien

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Some people just know what they're destined to be.  

For me, I reached the last day of high school and still didn't know what kind of career I should pursue.  I thought I'd work a bit and take classes until it became more apparrent.  Eventually, for better or worse, I sorted it out and found some semblance of a trajectory in my life.

Katie Damien is one of those people that always knew what she wanted to do.  What a luxury that must have been to know exactly the field of work that was right for you. By the way she had made this decision before she was even a teenager.  So when the time came, she applied for film school at the University of Central Florida.  No backup plans.  No other school choices. The film program at UCF is where she intended to be, period.

After completing her studies and working in the Florida market Katie decided it was time to see the world.  How do you do that?  Her way was to work, under contract, in broadcasting on cruise ships.  It agreed with her and she spent several years sailing the sea and earning her keep.  


"And if you've surrounded yourself with a really good team, when everything clicks and everyone can set their egos aside, it's like magic."


During this time, when she was doing these tours aboard ship, her parents had moved from Florida to Asheville, North Carolina.  Not really needing a house or apartment since she was away so much of the time she started calling Asheville her home base and stayed with her parents when not aboard ship.  After the cruise contracts ended she took up permanent residence in Ahseville.  Which leads us to her soon to be released feature length film.


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The seed from which My Toxic Backyard unfolded came from her attempt to buy a house in Asheville. A rather continental city skirted by the Pisgah National Forest.  Progressive, with a touch of the old and new, it receives people from all over the world to see the sites and to enjoy the fresh mountain air.  It does have a dirty little secret though, as Katie discovered.
 
Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las...

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)


America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.


Find the city closest to  you below.
Jackson Ross.jpgJackson Ross is equally at home on screen or in the theatre, having taken to the stage in plays such as Midsummer Night's Dream, and Oedipus Rex.  A busy man, he has worn may  hats such as  film producer, director, writer, as well as being an actor.  In some of the films he's involved in, Jackson often plays the cop or wiseguy but he also likes roles that challenge his range.

Originally from Kinston, North Carolina he wound up in Miami via Minnesota.  In Minneapolis he had his first brush with movies while working as an extra in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  That's when he first  became interested in film.  While still in Minnesota Jackson produced films of both stage plays and screenplays.   He also met his wife Karuna Sun when she auditioned for a film he was working on.

From Minneapolis they headed to Miami where Karuna was urged to come for modeling work.  Jackson's first job in Florida  was playing a Russian thug in Burn Notice.  Ready to go anywhere he's looking to come back to North Carolina for some of the productions springing up in the area.   Here is a conversation with Jackson about where acting has taken him.




Auditions: Dance Theatre of Harlem

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The Dance Theatre of Harlem perform Dialogues ...

Dance Theatre of Harlem performs Dialogues  (Public Domain Image by Martha Swope via Wikipedia)


The Dance Theatre of Harlem is looking for highly trained classical dancers.  Audition dates are set for San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and New York.   You may also audition by sending in an audition video.


Checklist
  • Repertoire includes classical, neoclassical and world-premiere ballets.
  • 30+ week contract.
  • Health benefits.
  • National and International touring.
  • Pre-registration recommended.
  • Bring resume, headshot and full-body dance photo.
  • Women must audition on pointe.
  • Audition fee: $20.00 in advance online, or $25.00 (cash only) in person.
  • Pre-registration is recommended for those who audition in-person only.

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Love in the Wild, an NBC reality show, will be holding open casting calls in Miami and Philadelphia this week.

The show is a bit like Survivor with dating mixed in.  

What they are looking for:
  • Men and women ages 25-35.
  • Game changer personalities.
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to find love.


MIAMI
Thursday November 17, 2011 ( 5pm-8pm )
BURGER & BEER JOINT
1766 Bay Road
Miami Beach FL. 33139 
Producer: Shannon / shannon@kasstinginc.com

Auditions for America's Got Talent

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America's Got Talent is searching for entertainers for the next season of their hit show.  If you have an act worthy of Las Vegas then now's your chance!  Pre-registration is underway and casting calls are scheduled for the following cities.



November 12th & 13th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tampa Bay Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa, Florida

December 10th & 11th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, California

January 14th & 15th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas


Saturday, February 4th
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, February 5th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street
Charlotte North Carolina




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Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, starting this week  in Charlotte, San Francisco, Miami Beach, Pittsburgh,  Minneapolis and Columbia, SC.

Checklist:
  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.


Thursday, November 3rd: 
  • Charlotte: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Ed's Tavern, 2200 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina
Saturday, November 5th: 
  • San Francisco: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, The Cellar, 685 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California
  • Pittsburgh: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tilted Kilt Pittsburgh, 353 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sunday, November 6th: 
  • Miami Beach: 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Tequila Chicas, 1501 Collins Avenue (15th and Ocean), Miami Beach, Florida
Tuesday, November 8th: 
  • Columbia: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Jillian's, 800 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina
Wednesday, November 9th: 
  • Minneapolis: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Blarney Pub and Grill, 412 14th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota

   
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Madonna, the original Material Girl, and her daughter Lola Leon are searching for a spokesperson/model for their Material Girl clothing line.  There will be open casting calls in New York City, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Unable to attend?  You can also submit your information online, along with photos.


What you'll get:
  • A custom photo shoot in New York City.
  • Your Material Girl ad in cool magazines.
  • You'll be the face of Material Girl in stores and online.
  • A billboard in Times Square
  • $5,000 cash and more.



Casting for The Real World 27

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Open calls for casting of The Real World, an MTV series, this Saturday  in Columbus, Baton Rouge and New York City.

Checklist:
  • You must be 20 years old or older.
  • You must look like you're between the ages of 20 and 24
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.


Saturday, October 29th: 

  • Columbus: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Charlie Bear, 1562 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
  • Baton Rouge: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Mugshots Grill and Bar, 7425 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • New York City: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York City

Carolyn Wonderland

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Carolyn Wonderland (photo by RR Rodriguez via Picasa CC BY-ND 3.0)


Carolyn Wonderland is currently on tour and will be passing through the southeast next week.  If you like barrelhouse rock&roll and gritty Janis Joplin style blues vocals you'll not want to miss her show.

Check out her interview with Larry Gross of Mountain Stage at the end of this article to get and idea of how this lady whips out a song.

Tuesday, Oct 25th  7:00 pm
Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

Wednesday, October 26th  -  7:00 pm
Casbah, 1007 W Main St, Durham, NC

Thursday, October 27th  - 8:00 pm
The Handlebar, 304 W Stone Ave, Greenville, SC

Friday October 28th - 9:00 pm
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, November 2nd  - 8:00 pm
Eddie's Attic, 515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA

Saturday November 5th  - 12:00 PM
Riverhawk Fest  Brooksville, FL


Casting Extras: Parker - Florida

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Jennifer Lopez at ISC Miami.

Jennifer Lopez (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

A extras casting call for Parker, a film starring Jennifer Lopez, Jason Statham, and Nick Nolte.  Shooting will begin on Wednesday, September 28th in Sarasota Florida and they need 200+ extras.

The setting for the film will be Palm Beach and they need people to play high end wealthy types.  Scenes will be of a fundraising event for the very wealthy and will be shot at Ringling Museum's Ca d'Zan mansion in Sarasota.

Checklist:
  • Look like high end wealthy type.
  • Tuxedo if you can..
  • 100 men, 100 women needed
  • Ages 30 - 70
  • $105/day
  • 12 pretty young women and men for catering staff scenes.
  • 12 preferably real musicians for orchestra.
  • 8 Fit and strong men to play firemen.



Send contact information and headshot or picture to:



   
Clearwater Beach, looking south from Pier 60.

Clearwater Beach (Image by 2candle via Wikipedia)

The 2011 Clearwater Film & Music Festival will get under way this weekend in Clearwater,Florida. The festival opens on Thursday with the Opening Night Show and After Party at Jimmy's Fish House for tickets purchased at the Producer level.  

Screenings will be in the Duval Ballroom and Conference Center at the Holiday Inn Clearwater. Filmmakers will be in attendance for some of the films and will be available to answer questions after the screening of the film block their film was in.

Tickets purchased at the Associate Producer level get you on the Dolphin Cruise Party Boat along with festival goers at the Producer level.  If you don't care about parties or cruises you can purchase at the Director level which will get you into the movies and panels.  If you just want to see a particular movie you can purchase tickets in advance or at the door for a single movie but be sure to get there early, first come, first seated.


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Bobby Flay (Image bu Larkworb via Wikipedia)

Worst Cooks in America, a Food Network  production, is looking for just that, the worst cooks in America.  The recruits will divide up between Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell into two teams that will compete as they transform from bad cooks to champions of the dinner table.  The prize is $25,000.

Here's the catch.  You must be nominated by friends or family members and they must accompany you to the audition.

Checklist:
  • Bring a replication of your worst dish.
  • You must have your nominator come with you.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Culinary Institute LeNotre 
7070 Allensby Street 
Houston, TX 77022

Friday, September 16th, 2011
MUST arrive at 11:00 AM 
Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Must Arrive at Noon
Michelson Studios
163 Bank Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Faces Restaurant
380 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101


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Auditions for Nana's Naughty Knickers will be held this weekend in Orange Park, Florida at the Orange Park Community Theatre.  The play will be performed from October 28th through November 19th.  A two act comedy by Katherine DiSavino.


Checklist:
  • 10 Roles
  • Cold reading from script.

Audition:
Sunday, August 28th - 2:00 pm
Monday, August 29th - 7:00 pm
Orange Park Community Theatere
2900 Moody Avenue
Orange Park, Florida 

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Auditions are open for A Christmas Store - The Musical.    A story of a boy who wants a BB gun fro Christmas and it's all he can think about.

Based on the humorist Jean Shepherd's novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash," this is a Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas. 


Wanted are boys and girls ages 8 - 14 that can sing, dance, and act.

This is a touring show  beginning in Chicago, Illinois; then Hershey, Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan; Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida  and then returning to Chicago..





Saturday, August 20

Chicago, Illinois
 10am-6pm  Chicago Home Fitness, 2070 North Clybourn Avenue

Dallas, Texas
 10am-6pm  Gilley's Dallas, 1135 South Lamar Street

Orlando, FL
 10am-6pm  The Groove, Universal City at Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd.

More Inforamtion:
   
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HGTV is casting for their 7th season of Design Star, a reality series where design experts such as architects, interior designers, contractors, stylists, artists, etc... compete to show the judges they are the most creative and have the best persona to host their own series on HGTV.


What they are looking for:
  • Extensive design knowledge
  • Personality that pops
  • A clear and unique design perspective
  • Lots of energy and enthusiasm




Auditions: The Voice - NBC

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The Voice, an NBC talent competition series for singers, is auditioning for next season.  Auditions can be performed live throughout the country at the venues listed below or you can submit an audition video.  They are looking for solo and duo acts that perform in most of the popular genres such as pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, alternative, blues, country, indie, latin,etc...

Coaches for the broadcast are Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine.


Checklist:
  • Please prepare two (2) songs for your open call audition. You may not perform both, but have them ready.
  • A cappella ONLY. No background tracks, accompaniment or instruments will be allowed at the open call audition.
  • Songs can be by artist and from any genre (pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, latin, country, blues, indie)
  • Family, friends, managers, vocal instructors, etc. will NOT be allowed at the audition.
  • If you are a minor, one (1) parent or guardian will be allowed with you at the audition.
  • If you are disabled or a special needs artist, you will be allowed to bring one (1) person to the auditions to assist you.
  • We are judging you on your VOICE. Come dressed in a style that represents you as an artist. Do NOT come in "chicken costumes." We are looking for serious artists ONLY.


New York, NY - July 22/23
Izod Center, 50 State Route 120, ast Rutherford, New Jersey

Nashville, Tennessee - July 29/30
Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee

Atlanta, Georgia - August 5/6
Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Orlando, Florida - August 11/12
Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, Florida

Houston, Texas - August 17/18
Reliant Center - 2nd Floor, One Reliant Park (McNee entrance off Kirby Dr.), Houston, Texas

San Francisco, California - August 23/24
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, California

Los Angeles, California - August 30/31
LA Forum, 900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, California


Register online to receive an Artist Audition Pass and Check-In Time.


If you cannot attend an audition your can submit an audition video.  For instructions go to:

For more information do not contact venues directly send email to:

The Voice - Season 2 - Official Casting Webite:


   

Auditions: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Tampa, FL

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Tampa (Public Domain image via Wikipedia)

The next stop for talent scouts on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire will be Tampa, Florida.  They will be auditioning for contests for the show's upcoming 10th season on July 27.   

Audition:
Wednesday July 27
7:00 - 11:00 AM or 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Grand Hyatt (Audubon Ballroom)
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL

All potential contestants must be 18 or older and arrive no earlier than 6 AM. 

More information on auditions:
http://www.dadt.com/millionaire/auditions/road/index.html
   
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Sun Life Stadium (Public Domain Image by AdamFirst via Wikipedia)

Rock of Ages, a movie starring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, and Alec Baldwin will need extras Monday, July 18th to fill the Sun Life Stadium.  They are filming a concert scene where Stacee Jaxx (Cruise's character) will perform.  Also performing will be Diego Boneta and Mary K. Blige.

  • Must be 16 years old or older
  • Dress the part. Period 1980s
  • Big hair.
  • All black clothes.
  • No cameras or recording devices allowed.
 

Sun Life Stadium
Monday, July 18th
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stadium Gate #2
2267 NW 199th Street
Miami Gardens, Florida